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Looking Back at Campbell Scale Models

November 19, 2018

Looking Back at Campbell Scale Models

One of the many product lines HO Collector is researching and seeking additional materials is Campbell Scale Models. The company has been producing craftsman-level kits for more than half a century.

The Iconic Athearn Hustler

October 26, 2018

The Iconic Athearn Hustler

Offered in many variations over the years since 1957, Athearn’s “Hustler” is not a prototype of anything, but it is a neat-looking, little locomotive that “might have been.”

Planning Ahead: Managing Your Collection

October 23, 2018

Planning Ahead: Managing Your Collection

As in all life matters, planning ahead makes a big difference to any outcome. Too often our heirs have no concept of our collections. While we are happily accumulating all the various bits and pieces involved in the pursuit of the hobby it makes sense to take a few moments to document our holdings.

General Electric E60 Electric Locomotives

May 21, 2018

General Electric E60 Electric Locomotives

American GK Locomotive Works would be the first to offer modelers a rendering of the General Electric E60 series locomotives. The Chatsworth, California-based company contracted with Athearn to produce HO kits of both an passenger and freight version.

O Scale Trains Magazine joins the WRP Family of Publications

March 5, 2018

O Scale Trains Magazine joins the WRP Family of Publications

White River Productions is pleased to announce it has acquired O Scale Trains Magazine from publisher Jaini Giannovario, effective immediately. Brian Scace will remain the editor of OST, along with his crew of regular columnists.

Streetcars from Mantua and TYCO

February 6, 2018

Streetcars from Mantua and TYCO

As early as 1955, the street car was advertised under the TYCO banner, as ready-to-run, showing a multicolor paint scheme on an unlettered model. Whether you prefer to call it a street car or trolley, what’s the scoop on this model?

Collecting Penn Central Models: 1968-1976

February 1, 2018

Collecting Penn Central Models: 1968-1976

Being a new railroad during a boom period in model railroading benefited Penn Central and the HO enthusiast during the late 1960s and first half of the 1970s, with offerings both factual and fantasy from a variety of manufacturers.

Preserved Freelance: Allegheny Midland 3101

January 2, 2018

Preserved Freelance: Allegheny Midland 3101

I spotted this locomotive in the estate of an elderly gentleman downsizing his life’s collection. It turned out to be brass, an Alco at that, and I recognized the road name…

My Memories of AHM: The Rivarossi Connection

December 8, 2017

My Memories of AHM: The Rivarossi Connection

I would guess that even today serious model railroaders would be few and far between who never owned some Rivarossi model train equipment. This Italian company, now part of international conglomerate Hornby, manufactured for years in the resort town of Lake Como, Italy, on the border of Switzerland.

Alco Models 1967 Wish Book

November 29, 2017

Alco Models 1967 Wish Book

This year marks the 50th anniversary of another great wish book that brass importer Alco Models launched in late 1967. The company is familiar to many seasoned modelers. Alco Models was a mainstay in the hobby for a number of years, peaking in the late 1960s and continuing into the 1980s.